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2 things everyone should do if they are thinking about attending college

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 15:34:22-04

The Monday after the July 24 holiday is a big college enrollment day here in Utah. Why? We talked to Kate Gildea-Broderick, Director of Admissions, Salt Lake Community College, who said:

"We always find it around the holidays; they're getting together with family and friends who start asking, 'what's going on with you?' 'What are you doing with your life?'"

Thus an influx of college applications!

If you're interested in getting started on your higher education, where do you start?

At Salt Lake Community College, the process is simple, according to Gildea-Broderick.

1. Make sure you fill out SLCC's admissions application.
2. Once you've applied and been accepted, they will get you to New Student Orientation, and help you with placement.
3. You also have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to start picking classes that match your interests in careers.

But perhaps the most important question would-be college students have, "how am I going to pay for this?"

"Thanks for asking that, because that's one of the most important things we want students to know," Gildea-Broderick said.

Gildea-Broderick says college is expensive, but likely the best investment of your life. "Make sure to check with your college`s financial aid office about scholarships and available funding to help cover your costs. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial support. Some community colleges provide full tuition and fees for qualifying students. Don`t miss out on dollars you can use."

She added that SLCC is good for people who are busy - maybe working or taking care of families - because there are a lot of flexible ways you can complete their degrees and certificates.

"Let`'s face it — you'`ve got to organize your time and create a schedule that works for you. For every hour spent in class, plan on two for preparation, and set that time aside to ensure success.
As you consider the number of classes you`ll take, think about taking an extra class. Finishing a semester or two early will save time and money."

Gildea-Broderick reminds would-be students to build a support network, and make sure they take time for activities that interest them.

So, next time your dad asks what you're doing with your life, won't you be proud to say, "going to school!" So head over to to begin your journey.